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Michael Vaughn, Ph.D.

School of Social Work

Ph.D. in Social Work program

Courses Taught

Foundations of Theory Development, Research Design and Measurement, Criminological Theory, Seminar in Addiction and Drug Abuse, Correctional Social Services


  • Ph.D., Washington University-St. Louis

Research Interests

Epidemiology of drug use, mental health, crime and violence; temperament and psychopathy; philosophy of science; immigrants; adolescent risk; health criminology; investment behavior; nutrition

Publications and Media Placements

Vaughn’s research has been covered by NBC News, CBS News, CNN, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, Reuters, and National Public Radio.

Honors and Awards

Fellow, Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare Fellow, Society of Social Work and Research
One of the national leaders in social work for scientific impact as measured by citation counts

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Society for Social Work and Research
  • American Society of Criminology
  • Health Criminology Research Consortium